Moneyball (2011)

Every year the general manager of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane, tries to beat other baseball clubs at what has become an unfair game. While other ball clubs have a budget of over a hundred million to pay their players, the A’s budget is a measly 39 million. Billy is determined to win that “last game of the season” while at Oakland, but how do you do that against a massive disadvantage? You change the way the game is played.

Javier talks rich people excuses. Mattson wants to know why you would turn down 12.5 million dollars. JJ tells his best jinxing his teams stories. Ian makes some strong points.

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3 comments on “Moneyball (2011)

  1. Alec Burgess says:

    I love this movie but I hate what beane did to baseball. Spending too much time running numbers and analytics ruins the life of the game. For example, the numbers in baseball show that batters do a significantly better job at the plate the third time through the lineup in a single game. Based on those numbers the Tampa Bay Rays pulled their pitcher in game 6 of the World Series this year which allowed the dodgers who were struggling against their starter to go on a hot streak and win the game and the series. If you have a pitcher that is locking down a team leave him in. I can’t imagine any coach taking out Randy Johnson because he was on his third rotation through the lineup because of numbers. Granted Randy Johnson was huge and scary and threw harder than anyone at the time but I feel like his record and accomplishments wouldn’t have been as good as they were had this kind of analytics been around then. Love the great work you guys are doing!!

    1. JJ Crowder says:

      Great comment Alec! I completely agree with you that the focus on the statistics in baseball these days is insane. I probably should have mentioned in the episode that I hate the hyper focus. Understanding the aggregate while at the same time respecting the talent of the individual seems to me to be the far more effective way to use the data but hey, I’m just a podcaster lol.

      1. Alec Burgess says:

        Exactly! Use the numbers but also trust the talent of your players. If you have a guy that is on fire let him do his job. Let him compete and if he gets in a slump then bring out the numbers. I dunno JJ the Red Sox might be looking for a new GM. Maybe all they need is a sharp-eyed podcaster haha

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